When you're practically in the middle of nowhere you don't necessarily expect to come across a restaurant that easily competes with 5 star restaurants around the world. But that's exactly what The Boot Inn does. With an unassuming pub exterior, you would assume the inside would resemble a classic rustic old school pub, but what greets you a classy restaurant.
We arrived early and the restaurant filled up quickly around us, but despite all the tables being full, the service was excellent. The waitress dealt with my food allergies (gluten, dairy and onion free) with ease, we were regularly checked on to make sure everything was okay, and the food came out in good time.
All the food is locally sourced, the meat and eggs are all free range, the game is local, the fish is caught fresh each day from a boat, the beef is aged to perfection, organic wines and cask ales....what more could you want?! The menu is vast and has plenty of options. All mains come with pan cooked potatoes... They actually come to the table with the pan of potatoes and pile as many you want onto your plate
.... With a number of huge potato lovers at the table that was pretty much the ultimate.
Now the food itself. ... wow, delicious! I had the chicken breast with rosemary and lemon. It was perfectly tender and full of flavour. The masaai sauce and the buffalo mozzarella complimented the dish perfectly. The sea bass was also ordered and it was very tasty, it had a crispy skin and the samphire, bernaise sauce and capers were the perfect compliment to this delicious dish. We also had an order of pork belly which was delicious and was complimented nicely by chilli calamari, bok choy and relish. The last member of our party had the lamb rump and he absolutely devoured it. We also ordered a side of sweet potato fries with aioli and honey roast carrots were both very good.
Dessert met the same standards with an excellent bannoffee sundae, yummy panacotta and an insanely good baileys cheesecake with rich chocolate sauce and walnuts which added a nice crunchy texture and topped with ice cream!
Overall we were very impressed with all aspects of this restaurant and it truly is better than many high quality restaurants I've eaten at in NYC, London, Los Angeles, Paris, Greece, Amsterdam, Italy, Australia and New Zealand to name a few. I'd love to come back on a sunny day to make use of the beautiful outdoor area. Highly recommended!
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